Before I get to this girl, the Albion Fit giveaway winner for the Go Long Crew Shirt is Tracey Y. #76. Congrats Tracey. I sent you an email!
So I know this girl.
She teaches a ton of classes on Mondays (well, maybe not a ton, 4 to be exact, but they’re pretty intense) at three different gyms. She does not look good at the end of the day (or the beginning actually). She also seems to have some pretty gnarly forehead wrinkles.
She frequently goes shopping for “necessities” Monday nights on her way home still wearing sweaty workout attire.
She goes to the same store, buys the same items every time and wonders why people look at her funny.
She sometimes eats dinner late at night in her office because that’s the only time she has to get a little work done.
Zucchini pizzas are her new thing and although she realizes roasted halibut doesn’t really go that well with the whole pizza and salad thing, she figures with dinner after 10 pm anything goes (and she’s really trying to be good about using up what’s in the freezer at the moment).
She’s a bit of kook who roasts/bakes/burns pretty much anything and everything in the oven.
This is what she’s had going on the past two days bright and early before 8 am.
(Yes, hard boiled eggs in the oven. Do it. They’re so easy.)
Her house frequently smells of burnt squash. Yes, she has a bit of a roasted kabocha addiction.
Oh, and she recently discovered dates and thanks her blog readers for the suggestion. She had no idea how amazing dates were. They go well on extra special kabocha creations.
She needs to be careful though because she’s got a bit of an issue with sugar and she’s still doing this whole STUFT detox, no added sugar and/or artificial sugar thing. But, she’s pretty darn pumped about the date discovery.
She also found out that a date and this unsweetened chocolate go together very well for a little after dinner treat.
Hmm… I guess they don’t photograph well though.
Random, but she also claims that all squash tastes better with a teeny tiny fork.
She should really keep some things to herself, but she just hasn’t learned and feels the need to fly her freak flag confessions not only on the blog, but on Instagram. Usually she finds that she’s not alone though with her quirky things. Phew.
Oh, and yes, her family knows not to touch “Mama’s special fork” and to watch out if it ever goes missing.
In other news, her marathon running and racing has been on hold while she’s been sidelined with an injury for awhile. After having to drop out of 4 marathons she had planned on running, including Boston, things are finally looking up and she’s trying to slowly ease back into training.
She’s excited and nervous.
She’s a big dreamer. She feels like running and racing is something she’s meant to do and is hoping for a big comeback. She’s trying to be realistic though and take things slow while focusing on the long term.
She somehow is lucky enough to be an ambassador for the best running shoes ever.
She’s also got a personalized training plan to follow to help her get back into running and get her to some races this fall if all goes well. She kind of wants some people to run some races and join the Runner’s World Challenge with her. He he.
She also has an amazing opportunity to work with some of the top running experts (coaches and injury specialists) around who are graciously helping her along this journey back to racing. She is one lucky lady.
She promises to listen to them and follow all their guidelines, including those on RESTING.
After 3 prolotherapy visits and not running for a very long time, her PT was surprised how much better her hip seems to be.
That made her very happy.
Exercises he couldn’t think of doing with her over a month ago (because she couldn’t even hold her leg up on her own) got brought back into the picture.
She also got the green light to start running as long as they are shorter runs and not painful. She has been instructed to pay extra attention to how things feel upon waking up the next day after a run.
She has a long road to go and some new strange running form issues that have to be addressed, but here are the exercises that were prescribed to her to do 4 times a week as part of her therapy routine.
(*Disclaimer- These exercises were prescribed for her only by her PT. They are not meant to treat or help others. Please seek professional help if you have an injury that needs to be addressed.)
She will be doing these plus some additional core strength at home 4 days a week. She just needs to put together her own core strength plan for herself and figure out when she’s going to set time aside to make sure she does these exercises.
She’s hoping to finally address the whole diastisis issue too that she talked about working on about a year ago and then never did.
She also really has to take some time to look at her schedule and figure out where some things can be pushed aside to help make room for bringing running back, make sure she focuses on priorities and the whole “Time is Love” thing she’s working on.
And, whelp, that’s my friend.
She ran a total of 17 miles last week which was huge for her. She’s supposed to go for a 6 mile run today. It will be the longest run since the relay she ran with Runner’s World in May. She’s pretty darn nervous (and a little scared) about it.
At least she has these new shoes to break in.
Thanks for dealing with my friend. We all know she’s a bit of a mess. He he.
Have a great day!